Sport Fishing Education Programs
What is the Sport Fishing Education Program?
The Sport Fishing Educational Program is designed to help anyone become more proficient in basic fishing techniques.
This statewide program is designed to take advantage of the many fishable waters available in both rural and urban areas of the state. Our programs are conducted in a safe, open learning environment and are especially designed for the beginning angler. From urban lakes, to our largest reservoirs, to White Mountain streams, our program strives to provide a quality educational experience.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department conducts "Open to the Public" fishing program for the general public and you can find a link below to a schedule of public fishing programs.
The Department also conducts fishing programs for specific groups such as school groups, community youth groups, senior centers, Boys and Girl Scouts and more. If your group would like a sport fishing program conducted by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, you must submit an online application requesting a program.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department uses sport fishing contractors, department personnel and qualified volunteer instructors to conduct fishing programs, throughout Arizona. The department supplies all educational materials, rods, reels, bait and instruction. The normal fishing license requirements are waived during a department sponsored sport fishing program. All fishing programs are offered free of charge. Now that's a good deal!!
Schedule of Public Fishing Programs
If you are looking for a list of currently scheduled, "Open to the Public" fishing programs, conducted by the Department, please view the Current Schedule of Public Fishing Programs. The Arizona Game and Fish Department updates this list regularly, so if you don't find a fishing program in your area or one that fits your needs, please check back in a week or so.
School Group Application
This application is for all school groups that want to participate in both classroom instruction and field instruction.
Non-School Group Application
This application is for all non-school groups that want a sport-fishing program for their group only and are not associated with the Arizona Department of Education, with the exception of home school groups. Home school groups may apply with this application at any time.